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Accurate monitoring of terrestrial aerosols and total solar irradiance: the NASA Glory mission
Author(s): Brian Cairns; Michael Mishchenko; Hal Maring; Bryan Fafaul; Steve Pszcolka
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Paper Abstract

Current uncertainties in the total solar irradiance (TSI) and aerosol radiative forcings of climate are so large that they limit quantitative evaluation of climate models against global temperature change. Reducing these uncertainties is the objective of the NASA Glory mission scheduled for launch in November 2010 as part of the NASA A-Train. Glory is intended to meet the following scientific objectives: Improve the quantification of solar variability by continuing the uninterrupted 32-year satellite measurement record of TSI, facilitate the quantification of the aerosol direct and indirect forcings of climate, and provide better aerosol representations for use by other operational satellite instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78260U (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865013
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Cairns, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (United States)
Michael Mishchenko, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (United States)
Hal Maring, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Bryan Fafaul, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steve Pszcolka, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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